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Symfunnies Makes Music Fun For Kids

It may not be clear where Carmen Sandiego is, but it’s obvious what it is - one of the most popular geography games ever created.

Sunday in the Opera House, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” becomes “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?” as the Spokane Symphony presents the season premiere of Spokane Symfunnies.

The blend of “Carmen Sandiego” with symphony music fits seamlessly into the formula devised by Stefan Kozinski in 1981. Under the baton of guest conductor Gary Sheldon, the symphony will provide musical accompaniment for an important search - for Carnegie Hall.

In the script, Inspector Clue-not (Bobby Weinapple) investigates “The Case of the Missing Concert Hall.” Aided by the audience, not to mention conductor Sheldon, the good inspector has special incentive to find the esteemed New York concert hall: He’s told that the Spokane Symphony will make its debut there in one week’s time.

The detective tours the world in musical terms, exploring the music of such countries as France (Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld”), Hungary (Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5”), Italy (Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”), Liberia (the traditional tune “Bhertan”), Spain (Bizet’s “Carmen”) and the United States (John Phillip Sousa’s “The Washington Post March”).

What ultimately happens? Well, there’s nothing like a rousing Sousa march to underscore success.

Besides Weinapple, featured performers include Colville High School soprano Robyn Pruitt-Hamm and Malidoma!, an African drum and dance ensemble.

Sheldon, music director of California’s Marin Symphony, created this “Carmen Sandiego” musical. He performs it widely with Weinapple, a music teacher and director from San Francisco.

The Symfunnies concert will be preceded at 1 p.m. by Musical FunFair!, an interactive exhibit for children in the Opera House lobby.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CONCERT The Spokane Symphony will present “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spokane Opera House. Tickets are $7, available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.

This sidebar appeared with the story: CONCERT The Spokane Symphony will present “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spokane Opera House. Tickets are $7, available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets or call (800) 325-SEAT.


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